Rev. Adam Nickell, Lead Pastor
Hello and welcome to our online introduction to Gentle Shepherd Church. I invite to you come and experience in person the real community of faith at Gentle Shepherd. Consider this your invitation to "come and know us better"!
A little about me: I was born and raised in Cambridge, Ontario and I am 40 years old. The love of my life is Amanda and God has blessed us with 4 wonderful kids: Josiah (16 yrs), Jubilee (14 yrs), and Sarah (12 yrs) and Silas (10 yrs). After finishing my undergrad in theology at Emmanuel Bible College in Kitchener in April of 1994, I launched out into pastoral ministry being called to a summer youth pastorate in Haliburton County where I served the two point charge of West Guilford Baptist and Eagle Lake Community Church . From there in the Fall of 1994, I was called as Minister of Youth to Gentle Shepherd Community Church in Eugenia, Ontario. I served God in and through Gentle Shepherd for 12 years as youth pastor until I accepted a call to the lead pastoral role at Bethel Community Church in Barrie where I enjoyed over 5 years of ministry with a great group of Jesus followers. Most recently in May of 2011, I have returned to Gentle Shepherd to lead the church as Lead Pastor. There is great joy on the journey!
Just so you know I also completed a Masters of Theological Studies at Tyndale Seminary in May of 2003 and I am also a graduate of the Arrow Leadership Program (Canadian Class of 1999). In my spare time I enjoy time with family, a good book, a good movie, or even an evening of bass fishing.
Rev. Paul Lucas, Family Ministries Pastor
Hello there! My name is Paul Lucas, and I am the Family Ministries Pastor here at Gentle Shepherd. Our family includes my amazing wife, Payge, and our three children, CJ, Emylia, and Eliza. I am very excited to be serving at my home church of Gentle Shepherd.
I am no stranger here, as I have been attending this church since the age of 10. As soon as we came in and felt the love of this congregation, we knew this church would be our home for a long time. I became involved in the youth ministries through formative years, and from these amazing people I was discipled and shown what it truly means to be a follower of Christ.
I left for Sasktchewan where I attended Bible College and there found a passion for ministry. I worked briefly at a youth ministry and then took a role in pastoral ministry, and in 2016 God called myself and Payge back to my home church of Gentle Shepherd. I love to be able to teach the truth of Christ and fulfill the great commission of spreading the gospel. We are so excited to be a part of this amazing church and to share the love and hope of Christ.